The Special Judge’s Court of Dhaka on Tuesday deferred the hearing in the Niko graft case against BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia and 10 others to June 7. Judge Mohammad Aminul Islam of the court set the new date. Earlier, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah filed a petition seeking time as his client could not come to the court due to illness.
On June 18, last year, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of the case filed against her and she was asked to surrender to the lower court within two months.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against the accused on December 9, 2007 in connection with a loss of Tk 137.77 to the national exchequer. The signing of an oil-gas exploration agreement with Canadian company Nikko during the BNP rule allegedly caused the loss.
The case documents were sent to the Special Judge’s Court-9 of Dhaka from the High Court on June 30 last year. On November 30, the Special Judge’s Court-9 granted conditional bail to the BNP Chief after she surrendered to it with bail plea in the case.